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Old 03-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Gotcha lures? Alternatives?

I've been thinking about this for a while, because a couple of people on my boat almost brained themselves and others while fishing inshore and near offshore. Posting it here because it's kind of a general lure(?).

What kind of safer alternatives are there to Gotchas? I'm looking for something that people could cast to Spanish, Dolphin if we come across them, etc. Basically looking for something that won't explode close to the boat like a Gotcha when a hookup is lost, if that makes sense. I've taken a jig in my eye before and it was not very pleasant; I started considering this while I was reorganizing my tackle over the weekend for the upcoming fishing season. I found that I had--for some reason unknown to me--overbought Gotchas.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Jigs are what I use.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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pomp jigs with mylar are your best bet.

also you could cut the hooks off the gotcha and put a single 5/0ish J hook off the back with some wire leader. might even run an extra hook behind it. Id rather take a single J hook out of my arm then a treble hook
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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Bubble rig.

1. They are fun as all get out to fish with.
2. They will catch everything you stated very well.
3. If you do get overzealous or a release at the boat you usually only get brained with the bubble the hook itself doesn't usually cause a problem because it doesn't have a lot of weight in an of itself so it usualyl just bounces off if it does hit something.
4. You can cast them a country mile so if you get a fish that is skittish you can try from waaay off.

Scroll down here if you are not sure what I am talking about.

http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=175976
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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pomp jigs with mylar are your best bet.

also you could cut the hooks off the gotcha and put a single 5/0ish J hook off the back with some wire leader. might even run an extra hook behind it. Id rather take a single J hook out of my arm then a treble hook
Ditto. I took a treble hook out of a guy's shoulder once and it made me sick at my stomach having to do it.
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If hooks are that much of a problem, why not remove the hooks from all your lures. That way; you will be completely safe. JMHO C2
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Basically looking for something that won't explode close to the boat like a Gotcha when a hookup is lost, if that makes sense.
If the lure comes out of the mouth of the fish right at the boat how is it going to make any difference what lure it is as to whether or not you get hooked in the face? A mylar jig in the face is going to hurt just as bad as a gotcha jig in the face.
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If the lure comes out of the mouth of the fish right at the boat how is it going to make any difference what lure it is as to whether or not you get hooked in the face? A mylar jig in the face is going to hurt just as bad as a gotcha jig in the face.
I agree. My wife got a pompano jig to the forehead one day. Busted her open pretty good and gave her a slight concussion. We had kids on the boat as the same time and the I was throwing the jig instead of a gothcha on purpose.
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If the lure comes out of the mouth of the fish right at the boat how is it going to make any difference what lure it is as to whether or not you get hooked in the face? A mylar jig in the face is going to hurt just as bad as a gotcha jig in the face.
Sorry...thought I was pretty clear about asking for alternatives?



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you can use a clark spoon (diamond shaped) as an alternative...only one hook to worry about...
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